How to Deal with Full Disk Space in your PC or Laptop


The limited disk space storage can be a big problem for many of the users. It is very common that with time-space fill up and you might need to either upgrade the system or get a new hard disk. But there are many other solutions to this problem that you can try.

In this article, we are going to list some of the best methods which you can try to free up disk space on your PC. But before we directly jump onto the methods to clean lest first take a look at which files have occupied the space

What is Taking Space on your Hard Drive?

There are many files that might have taken space in your hard drive other than the crucial or important files you need. Files like duplicates, caches/ temporary files, unused files, residual files, and others can take up space in your system which you might even know. In most cases, this problem can be easily solved by just removing these files from the system.

There are many ways/ methods which can be used to make space in the Hard drive. Out of the many methods, we have filtered some easiest and the best for your ease. Using these methods you can easily rectify the error of space in the hard disk. Now without any further delay let’s take a look at the methods to clean up space on a PC or laptop.

Full Disk Space in Your PC

Methods to Deal With Full Disk Space in Your PC

Here are some of the methods using which you can easily clean the disk space in your system.

1. Uninstall Unused Programs

Most of you must have downloaded the software for some time which still might be in your computer and taking up space on the disk. You can easily remove them and make space in your drive. If you have identified the software which you don’t use and can delete them, then we are good to go. Follow the steps mentioned below to delete the software.

  • Click on the start menu, then on the control panel.
  • In the control panel, find and click on the ‘uninstall a program’ option.
  • From the displayed list you can filter the as per your requirement.
  • Now click on the program which you wish to uninstall and then click on ‘uninstall’.

Half of the work is done by just uninstalling the software. If you further want to clean the space then you need to get to the software’s file location, where the supporting files and setup files are stored. Delete that file from that location and then from the recycle bin as well.

After you have deleted the file from the recycle bin, then you have successfully cleaned the space on your hard disk.

2. Remove Duplicate Files

There can be many duplicates in your system which may be occupying space in your system. You need to check and delete them from your system to make space. For deleting the duplicate you can either manually go through all the files and delete them or you can use dedicated software for finding and deleting them.

We would recommend you to use software to perform this task as they perform fast and accurately. There are many software that works on finding duplicates for a particular file type whereas some software works for all types of duplicates in the system. You can use the software depending on your requirement.

If you have duplicate images on your PC you can search for the best duplicate photo finder software on the internet and from the list choose the software which matches your requirements.

After you have installed the software all you need to do is run the software and scan for duplicates. After some time the software will display the duplicate files list on your screen. Now you can either manually or automatically delete the duplicates.

3. Temporary Files 

Cookies, caches, and history which you don’t consider for taking space can take up to GBs of space. So if now you got an idea of the space, let’s check the steps that can help you with clearing the temporary files.

The easiest way to delete the temporary files is, open the browser for which you wish to delete the temporary files. In the browser open settings, then click on more tools, then select the ‘clear browsing data’ option. Now select the files which you want to delete and then click on the clear option.

You can perform these steps for all the browsers you use to clean space.

4. Empty Recycle Bin

The way we have mentioned in the first step that the process is not complete until you delete the files from the recycle bin. So you need to always delete the files from the trash can whenever you delete them from their original location.

You might not know but the files present in the recycle bin can also occupy storage and fill the hard disk.

5. Use Cloud Storage

If you have tried using the above methods but are still struggling to make space in the hard disk then you can use this method. You don’t have to remove anything from your computer. All you have to do is move your files to a different location.

There are many platforms that offer cloud storage at a monthly and yearly subscription. You can choose any platform to store your data. After you have stored the data, then you can remove the files from the system and keep the disk empty.

We would recommend you to choose the hard drive and the storage option wisely. If in case you buy a small capacity drive then it might result in filling up fast and you need to buy the drive again.

6. Defragment Hard Disk

When software is installed, it is allocated with a portion to store other data. But when you remove and add new software the disk gets fragmented. The disk can have space empty but it cannot be used for new software. In such cases, you need to defragment the hard disk to make space available.

For defragmenting the disk you can either use the default Windows tool or you can even use third-party software to do that. We are listing the steps that you can follow to defrag using the default method.

  • Press the Windows button or the icon present on the bottom left corner.
  • Now, type ‘defragment’.
  • From the list, select the disk defragmenter to open it.
  • To defragment the disk select the drive and click on the ‘Defragment Disk’ option.

This is how you can easily defragment the disk and make space usable or available for other software. It is not advised to defrag the disk too often as it can affect the life of the hard disk. So perform defragging when needed only.

Conclusion: How to Deal with Full Disk Space in your PC or Laptop

The article has the best and easiest methods that you can use to make space on your hard disk. Out of the 6 methods listed 5 can be used without investing any money. The cloud storage would require a subscription amount, if you wish you can skip and try other methods. Drop your suggestions below in the comment section.